Ardmore branch campus site update

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- Ardmore city leaders are moving forward a day after the Regional Park Trust Authority deadlocked on transferring 30 acres of land to the city to build a branch university.

Wednesday night's tied vote does not mean Regional Park is off limits to a branch university.

Just a day before, city commissioners voted to ask the park board to give them the power to build on that site, and they have the right to review the board's decisions.

Mayor Bob Geurin says that's what they intend to do.

They're committed to providing higher education officials a site.

Now they must step back and determine what's in the best interest of the entire city and not just a handful of people.

Regional Park seemed to be the best location economically because higher education officials would not have to fork over millions of dollars for land.

While officials search for a home, higher education trustees are preparing to send out letters to interested universities asking them to serve as host.

Right now, East Central, Southeastern, and OSU top the list.

Again, city commissioners may still decide to build the branch campus at Regional Park. They want to remind citizens they're talking about 30 acres in the far southeast corner of a park that encompasses more than 1,000 acres.

Legislators have the final say in whether Ardmore becomes a branch campus.

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